LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month, and the theme for 2020 is “Poetry, Prose and Plays”.

The LGBT+History Month flag image

LGBT+History Month flag image

Did you know? LGBT+ History Month is a month-long annual focus on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, and trans) + history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

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At the University of Leeds, our core values of inclusiveness and community are at the heart of everything that we do. Over recent years, the University has worked closely with our active LGBT+ Staff Network, Students’ Union Officers, and colleagues across the organisation, to progress LGBT+ inclusion and create an open, inclusive environment for all. 

It is important that we remember the whole year round that our University is a place where everyone is welcomed, and that we all have a role to play in creating an environment where everyone can be themselves.
– Sabiha Patel, Head of Equality & Inclusion.

Programme of events – open to all (please register your place where applicable)

There are a range of events happening across the University during February, led by the LGBT+ staff network. This includes our acclaimed visitor and keynote speaker Dr Mo Moulton, Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Birmingham.

We encourage all staff and students to get involved: 

  • Dr Helen Finch presents “Queer Jewish-German Memoirs: Alphons Silbermann and Gad Beck in the queer archive of Holocaust memory”
    Monday 10 February, 4.00 – 5.00pm
    Emmanuel Centre Seminar Room 07 
    No need to speak German. Just come along, booking not required.

 

  • Keynote speaker Dr Mo Moulton presents: “Staging a Queer Life: A Historian’s Perspective”
    Wednesday 12 February, 1:30 – 2:30pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

  • Dr Ruth Pearce presents: “Histories of the Pregnant Man”
    Wednesday 12 February, 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

  • Ian Holdsworth presents: “Pronto Par on Palare (Quick talk on Polari)”
    Wednesday 19 February, 1:00 – 2:00pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

  • Christopher Wells presents “Shakespeare, the ‘master-mistress’ and Bisexuality in 2020”
    Wednesday 19 February, 2:00 – 3:00pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

  • LGBT+ STEM Panel presents (“TED Talk: The danger of hiding who you are”)
    Friday 21 February, 1:00 – 2:00pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

  • The LUU Spoken Word Society presents LGBTQ Poetry Workshop
    Friday 21 February, 3:00 – 4:30pm
    Business School Maurice Keyworth SR (G.31)
    Click here for full details and booking

 

Recommend your LGBTQIA+ books

In line with this year’s theme, the University Library would like to hear your recommendations for LGBT+ books or texts that you would like to share with the wider university. These will be included in a blog that will be shared with staff and students in February.  Please fill out this quick form by 19th January to recommend your books. Your recommendation can be anonymous if you choose. 

 
Raising visibility of LGBT+ History Month

Parkinson Building is being lit up in full rainbow colours on Monday 3 February to mark the beginning of LGBT+ History Month 2020. Share your photos of Parkinson on Twitter, using the hashtag #LGBTHM2020

Festival in Leeds

Saturday 8 February, 9:30 am-3:30pm, Leeds City Museum
Leeds City Museum is  hosting this free prestigious event as part of a dedicated national network of host cities – showcasing hundreds of years of LGBT+ culture and communities. Find out more

LGBT+ support for staff and students 

LGBT+ role models and allies 

Would you like to feature on our role models webpage?

Get in touch with us at equality@leeds.ac.uk